Geoffrey Christopher Irvine

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 05 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:c7317
  1. S A Murray,
  2. M McNeil

After graduating in Edinburgh and working there for two years, Geoffrey Christopher Irvine (“Geoff”) returned to Kenya, where he had been born, and worked in Kikuyu and Tumutumu Hospitals before succeeding his father as medical superintendent of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa Chogoria Hospital. His visionary leadership took an already excellent rural hospital, which had been founded and then developed over 30 years by his father, Dr Clive Irvine, to a new level of comprehensive health care for the community.

TB and leprosy control programmes were started in remote rural areas, with donor financing. Well ahead of his time, Geoff visualised integrated curative and preventive primary health programmes, which resulted in dramatic improvements in child and maternal health. A network of 30 clinics was established, each supported by a local health committee, offering daily curative …

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